The Hall family have been manufacturing socks in Leicestershire since 1882. This longevity is borne through experience, enthusiasm, constant innovation and design creativity and has allowed HJ to become the largest branded sock manufacturer in the UK.
The original goal for ‘Honest’ John Hall was to provide warm, long-lasting hosiery for the farming community in which he was brought up. The first socks he produced were pure Scottish wool, grey half-hose. These were recorded in 1892 as costing 2s 7d for 2 dozen pairs.
The first Hall’s factory was built in 1882 in the rural farming community of Stoke Golding, Leicestershire. It employed just 16 people and had a monthly turnover of £32 4s 4d. As we continue in our development HJ Hall has grown to become the largest independent British sock manufacturer
The brainchild of Peter Hall ‘Indestuctibles’ were born in 1958. These have become renowned as truly resilient and durable. Indestructible™ socks are made from heavy duty nylon, they are unshrinkable and underwritten by a guarantee of wear. This guarantee has gradually been extended over the years and now stands at 12 months. They are still made at the factory in Hinckley today
In 1977 HJ Hall had totally outgrown its original home in Stoke Golding. It moved to a purpose built site that was a 66,000 sq ft hosiery factory at Coventry Road in Hinckley, with specific dye-house and effluent facilities. The additional space allowed each stage to be optimised. With expansion, the factory has now grown to 85,000 sq ft and houses new facilities and modern equipment
Softop™ socks were invented and patented in 1989 to minimise the problems caused by the tight elastic in other socks. Made of natural fibres and containing no-elastic at all they are still the market leader, having sold over 20 million pairs worldwide. In 2011 Softop™ socks became the only socks ever to be endorsed by the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
In 2001 the acquisition of Pantherella, producers of fine English socks for over 70 years, allowed us to become the leading UK branded sock manufacturer. We continued with our expansion in 2007 with the purchase of another British sock company, Scott Nichol, which continues to run under the Pantherella leadership.